I won first place… three years in a row! Yay – hat trick!

Winner – 2012 Fellowship of Australian Writers – Manly!

Three years in a row!

Three different judges.

Three separate wins of ‘first place’.

Hat trick!

I couldn’t believe it earlier today when, at a meeting of Manly’s Fellowship of Australian Writers, acting President Beatrice Yell read out the results for their 2012 Short Story Competition and I realised I’d won, again, three years in a row!

Of course I hoped to win, but seriously… who wins three years in a row?

Squeee! Me!

My winning short story The Something Said will be read aloud (by me) at the awards ceremony on Saturday 13th October at 2pm in Warringah Mall Library. Why not come along?

Zena Shapter

I write from a castle in a flying city hidden by a thundercloud. #Ditmar Award-winning author. Movie buff. Traveller. Wine lover. Story nerd. Book Creator & Mentor. Founder & leader of the award-winning Northern Beaches Writers' Group / ZF Kingbolt.


  1. So many congrats, Zena! A well-deserved hat trick.

  2. Congratulations Zena. To win three years in a row is amazing. Well done. xx

  3. Amazing Zena! I wouldn’t have thought you could top winning the Oberon writer’s prize two years running … but three Manlys in a row-that does it. Congratulations!

    • Thanks, Rob! I’m at the bottom of my celebratory glass of verdelho and very happy 🙂

      Now to sober my mood – hubbie and I have “The Road” to watch on DVD!! We both loved the book, so we know what’s in store… Bye bye merriment!

  4. Congrats, Zena. Wonderful news. You really deserve it.

  5. Many Congratulations! Don’t think I’ll make it to the reading, unfortunately, but have a fantastic night and I look forward to reading the story (and your others) when the collection comes out!!!

  6. That is fantastic… huge congrats on winning. How very exciting that you won 3 years in a row:) Well done.

  7. Congrats! That’s awesome.

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